Tag Archive for "public-participation"

Are risk and uncertainty really too difficult for the public?*

March 16, 2012 – Simon Burall

The debates about many areas of science and technology are contentious and can be highly polarised. How can more transparency and greater openness help decision-making?  This is the second of two posts inspired by a recent Cambridge University Centre for Science and Policy (CsaP) event on Risk and Uncertainty. Given Involve’s focus, these posts don’t attempt to do…

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Understanding the precautionary principle*

March 15, 2012 – Simon Burall

This is the first in a short series of posts pulling together my thoughts from a recent conference on Risk and Uncertainty. This first post focuses on the Precautionary Principle and its application to public engagement.  One of the biggest challenges I think government faces is in communicating risk and uncertainty to the public in…

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Collaborative Crowds

January 31, 2012 – Simon Burall

Tweets posted during a recent event on crowdsourcing has made me think more deeply about whether the process can be used to promote deliberation by citizens. In this post I explore this idea and answer, yes and no.  In the second of a series of posts inspired by the talk that I gave last week…

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Collaborative Crowds

January 31, 2012 – Simon Burall

Tweets posted during a recent event on crowdsourcing has made me think more deeply about whether the process can be used to promote deliberation by citizens. In this post I explore this idea and answer, yes and no.  In the second of a series of posts inspired by the talk that I gave last week…

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Crowdsourcing from first principles

January 23, 2012 – Simon Burall

The use of crowdsourcing in policy making may be a relatively new phenomenon. However, the principles that should guide its use are not.  This is the first in a ‘series of three posts. The series is based on a talk I gave at the Institute for Government at their 'Crowdsourcing Policy' event, 23rd January 2012. Crowdsourcing,…

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2050 Pathways Public Dialogue

December 1, 2011 – Involve Web Editor

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) developed a series of online tools to engage the public in choices the UK has to make to move to a secure, low-carbon energy system over the period to 2050. Involve supported Ipsos MORI to engage community leaders in a dialogue around these choices. In a related piece of…

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Pathways through Participation

November 30, 2011 – Tim Hughes

Pathways through Participation was a two and a half year (April 2009 - November 2011) qualitative research project, which aimed to improve our understanding of how and why people participate, how their involvement changes over time, and what pathways, if any, exist between different activities.

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North-Westward ho! Oregon embeds public participation in lawmaking

October 24, 2011 – Janice Thomson

Recent developments in the state of Oregon demonstrate that there are ways of embedding deliberative, direct democracy into lawmaking. Oregon has long been a pioneer of direct democracy with its 100-year old Citizens' Initiative which allows citizens to propose a law and put it to popular vote. Recently, however, the legitimacy of the Citizens' Initiative has been…

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Rebuilding the political

October 24, 2011 – Annie Quick

At last week’s pathways event on local engagement in democracy, conversation focused on how to overcome negative perceptions of formal participation and the dangers of not doing so. Last week, the Pathways team held a seminar looking at the implications of their research for local engagement in democracy. You can see the briefing paper here. A key…

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Evaluating the Big Society will destroy it

September 1, 2011 – Simon Burall

With so much public money being spent on the Big Society, the government is going to be under pressure to demonstrate that this is money well spent. However, centrally planned and implemented evaluations will act against the development of authentic, self-reliant community groups. How can government resolve this tension? The Big Society is an important…

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